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Continuing Education Courses

Enrichment and professional development courses for adults of all experience levels.

Courses

Animation encompasses nearly all the other arts, from drawing, painting and sculpture to design, writing, acting and music. We will explore the mediums and techniques possible in the art of animation. Beginning with the fundamentals of hand drawn animation, students will then apply them to numerous animated mediums, from stop-motion, clay and sand, to digital approaches and tools. Various platforms will be discussed and demonstrated to showcase your work.


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In this course students will explore the world of collage by examining shapes, textures, colors, and an assortment of materials. Using traditional collage papers as well as materials such as packaging, advertisements, magazine cut-outs, and found internet imagery, students will learn to "draw/paint" with scissors. The origins and history of collage will be examined, as well as its contemporary uses in the arts. Some additional materials such as painting and drawing may also be incorporated for added effect. This course will complement students of all levels interested in design, media, and the fine arts.


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In this course students will explore color relationships, systems, harmonies, and contrasts. Through hands-on application using acrylic and/or gouache paint students will investigate strategies for working effectively with color. Students will learn to use color to reinforce the principles and elements of design; how color relates to the worlds of fine arts, design, and media; define and implement the vocabulary of color; and complement color knowledge with its involvement in art history. This course is suitable for all skill levels.


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Unleash your imagination to create a one-of-a-kind large-scale collage from an array of traditional and non-traditional materials. Choose from unlike options including photographs, scanned images, exotic papers, and paint and ink, which fuse to become a work of art suitable for display. This course merges the playfulness of expressive art with history and theory that support memorable assemblage.


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This course is for individuals of all skill levels who aim to develop an understanding and sensitivity towards the process of drawing. With the formal investigation of line, value, shape, texture and space, students will study compositional methods to render, and learn to draw through mark-making. Classroom exercises will be grounded in direct observation, and we will spend time analyzing the structure of still life objects as well as the human form, while also approaching certain techniques of abstraction.


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Each session will be a drawing marathon designed to encourage you to produce many pieces in short bursts with the goal to be fearless when drawing. Each week the instructor will provide different prompts ranging from props, still life, the live figure model or your imagination. Your drawing sessions will be fast paced, and you will be encouraged to bring different media such as ink, graphite, charcoal to experiment in these creative sessions.This class is designed for those with previous drawing experience eager to get into the studio looking for opportunities to practice, for artists looking for new inspiration, or for those new to drawing looking for opportunities to practice their skills in a supportive environment.


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Explore the human form as an art practice in relationship to the study of human anatomy. Consider the structure, form and movement of the human body. You will have access to models as well as skeletons, casts and diagrams used to teach anatomy. This course emphasizes a processed-based approach focusing on the analysis of form, construction and perspective.


January 27, 2020 to April 6, 2020, Anderson Hall Rm 730
Get an introduction to editing: Trim clips, adjust color and refine audio.


January 27, 2020 to April 6, 2020, Terra Hall Rm 1429
A hands-on introduction to the principles and techniques of digital-video production. Learn to light, compose, and shoot video; and explore the logic of editing. The course engages students in an analytic consideration of basic cinematic syntax and will provide you with an opportunity for individual experimentation and practice.


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Graphic Storytelling allows students to create original works of fiction and nonfiction as they pertain to the sequential format. Combining the use of imagination, observation and reference while utilizing a variety of media, writing develops through a series of exercises and assignments and evolves into finished and more polished work. Exercises/assignments focus on: character/world-building, story structure, and utilizing one-panel, four-panel and multi-panel/page formats. Skills learned in this class may be applied to comics and graphic novels, as well as other similar genres such as animation and video games.


January 29, 2020 to April 8, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Learn how to bring imaginative characters to life through compelling visual description and design. In this course, students will create original illustrated characters. Working from imagination, students will develop characters through thumbnail sketches that evolve into highly-rendered images. The characters developed for this class can be used in children's books, animation, comic books, cartoons, or graphic novels.


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In this course, students will learn the basics of making books by hand. From cutting and folding to sewing and gluing, we will explore accordion books, pamphlets, Japanese stab bindings, and Coptic stitch. Starting with one-page books and working our way up to multi-section books that make excellent journals/sketchbooks, our discussion will focus on best practices and materials as well as tricks and techniques for modifying the book structures to suit projects and solve problems. This class is excellent for beginners with no book experience or anyone looking to expand their skill set.


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This course introduces two traditional printmaking processes: woodcut & etching. Woodcut is a relief process that involves carving an image into a plank of wood, rolling ink across the carved surface of the block, and using it to print your image onto paper. Etching is an intaglio process that involves printing from a metal plate which is etched with an image. Instructor will guide you through all of the steps necessary to translate your ideas using these graphic processes.


January 30, 2020 to April 9, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
The traditional art of printing from engraved plates and metal type is explored using the University's collection of metal and wood typefaces. Create several printed works via typesetting and the Vandercook Proof Press, allowing for prints up to 22 inches by 24 inches. Design custom polymer plates and perform multicolor printing. Students should anticipate additional costs for materials based on the scope of their individual projects.


January 28, 2020 to April 7, 2020, Anderson Hall Rm 605
Fans and aspiring comic book artists alike improve drawing and writing skills in a workshop-style course, designed to expand knowledge and execution of this vibrant storytelling medium. Focusing on observation, structure and daily practice, students use their drawings to find and express narrative vision. Each session gives you the tools to turn your cartooning practice and experimentation into finished works. This course is a fit for artists and writers looking to learn more about comics and comic-making, as well as cartoonists looking for a creative jolt.


June 3, 2020 to August 5, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Appropriate for the beginning or advanced student, this course focuses on developing or improving metal fabrication techniques through practice for your sculptural and/or functional pieces. You are encouraged to bring ideas to the class, which could take the form of sketches, maquettes or even 3D CAD drawings. Techniques covered include: MIG, TIG and oxyacetylene welding; plasma cutting, hot + cold bending and forming; drilling + grinding; and patinas. You will get demonstrations on all these techniques and encouraged to explore a number of them in depth while creating your own work.


January 28, 2020 to April 7, 2020, Hamilton Hall Metal Shop (Pine St. Entrance)
An introduction to world of fine art bronze casting. Create your own bronze sculptures with two processes: sand casting and lost wax casting. You will learn the techniques to create two types of moulds, and in the foundry --techniques to ladle and hand pour molten bronze into sand impressions and with lost wax, ceramic shells. In the metal shop you will refine your castings and prepare them for patina and finishing. You will fabricate one to two complete bronze sculptures by utilizing various foundry and metal working techniques.


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A printmaker's dream come true, this studio-based course offers intermediate and advanced artists a collaborative learning community, instruction from a skilled printmaker and access to some of the best printmaking facilities in the city. Resources and instruction span screenprint, relief, intaglio, lithography and digital printmaking techniques. Weekly sessions include demonstrations as well as one-on-one guided assistance, informal dialogues and work time. Group critiques are held informally throughout the semester, and formally at the end of the course. Prerequisites: Introduction to Printmaking or equivalent training/experience. You should be proficient in at least one printmaking medium.


June 2, 2020 to August 4, 2020, Anderson Hall Rm 523
This course explores painting materials, technique and concepts with a focus on capturing realistic works from direct observation. Learn the basics of color mixing, application techniques and composition. You may choose to work in acrylic or oil as you paint still life set ups and live models.


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Curious to try your hand at pulling a print? Are you eager to get back into the studio and explore new ideas? This course provides an introduction to image generation, screen preparation and the unique nature of this process, from start to finish, allowing more advanced students to develop individually. Students at all levels are welcome as we guide you into the process and let you explore varying levels of complexity. You are encouraged to bring photographic, computer-generated, hand-drawn images or stencils to get started. If you've never felt the satisfaction of screen printing, you are missing out!


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Have you tried to write a feature-length script and were unable to complete it? Or maybe you have an idea for a short film you know could win an Oscar, but don't know how to make it into a script? Either way, this is the class for you. You'll learn the fundamentals of screenwriting while analyzing both short films and features to understand the elements they share. The course will focus on the art of pitching an idea, workshopping an outline, writing a 10-minute script and hearing your dialogue during class readings. Your final script can be used as a writing sample, an entry in a writing contest or for production.


January 27, 2020 to April 6, 2020, Terra Hall Rm 1213
Designed specifically for intermediate and advanced writers who have completed at least one draft of a screenplay, this course uses the workshop approach to help you troubleshoot, make significant headway on another draft and receive feedback from other writers. The class will be reading/workshopping intensive with possible mini-lectures from the instructor. The overall goal is to either complete a work in progress or start a new draft based on fresh input. The course may be repeated as desired.


January 30, 2020 to April 9, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Moldmaking, a fundamental and crucial sculpture skill, allows an artist to cast multiple reproductions of original work in a variety of materials. In this course you will have the option to model a sculpture or bring in an existing object to create your mold. Two types of molds will be demonstrated, a plaster waste-mold and a reusable rubber-mold, with each student choosing one method to complete during the course.


June 2, 2020 to August 4, 2020, Hamilton Hall Metal Shop (Pine St. Entrance)
Working from the figure, still life and invented forms, students explore painting materials, techniques and concepts on an individualized level. Learn the basics of color mixing, application techniques and pictorial composition and drawing, with an emphasis on perceptual painting. Students may choose to work in acrylic or oil as they paint still life setups and live models.


January 29, 2020 to April 8, 2020, Anderson Hall Rm 628
Creatively repurpose, design and fabricate animal specimens in this introduction to one of the world's oldest and most alluring crafts. Learn the essentials of basic taxidermy to gain visual and hands-on knowledge of animal anatomy and an understanding of natural fibers, ultimately completing an accessory or wearable embellishment of your choice. Specimens for class are sourced humanely and are safe to handle. Additional costs may be incurred for materials depending on the scope of the individual project selected.


March 18, 2020 to April 15, 2020, Anderson Hall Rm 412
Learn about the history and lore of the charivari, the hunter's wearable trophy, and how to create one of your own. Work with a range of small, preserved and thoughtfully sourced specimen components to design your own wearable trophy. Students are encouraged to incorporate any special totems of their own, as well as those provided in class, such as teeth, locks of hair, claws or whiskers shed from pets or objects found in nature. These treasures will be set into prefabricated jewelry hardware incorporated into bracelets, necklaces, key chains and more for you to take out into the world!


June 3, 2020 to July 1, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
In this course, students will learn two Victorian Hair Art techniques - the art of making hair wreaths.  Hair wreaths are made by twisting and weaving hair into flowers, leaves and loops.  You will also learn some of the history of Victorian mourning hair art, as well as the significance of hair in other cultures. We will make connections to contemporary artists who use hair, as well as how the concepts behind Victorian hair work are relevant today.


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Design and build an attractive and functional website to serve as a portfolio for your artistic practice. This course offers a detailed overview of the tools and best practices to create a portfolio style website appropriate for a range of artistic mediums including but not limited to performance, visual arts, photographers, and writers. Learn to use a content management system (CMS) to organize and showcase your work. Appropriate for beginners.


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